A Bright Room Called Day

A Bright Room Called Day

The Public Theater continues its 2019-2020 Off-Broadway season with the first major New York revival of Tony Kushner's A Bright Room Called Day, directed by Oskar Eustis.

Performances are staged at the Public's Anspacher Theater.

(Photos by Joan Marcus)

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Running time: 
3hrs (including 1 intermission)
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About A Bright Room Called Day:

Tony Kushner, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, reunites with longtime collaborator and Public Theater Artistic Director Oskar Eustis in a scorching new version of his first play, the prescient 1985 masterwork suggesting the possibility of the Reagan counter-revolution eventually giving rise to American fascism. Agnes, an actress in Weimar Germany, and her cadre of passionate, progressive friends, are torn between protest, escape, and survival as the world they knew crumbles around them. Her story is interrupted by an American woman enraged by the cruelty of the Reagan administration, and a new character, grappling with the anxiety, distraction, hope, and hopelessness of an artist facing the once unthinkable rise of authoritarianism in modern America. Funny, brilliant, and devastating, this new production of A Bright Room Called Day revisits an epic work that takes a piercing look at the vulnerability of American democracy, and demands to know: when the devil takes up residence in your country…will you act?

Tony Kushner
The Public Theater
Oskar Eustis
John Torres
Bray Poor
David Rockwell
Susan Hilferty and Sarita Fellows
Cast list:
Linda Emond (as Annabella Gotchling), Michael Esper (as Vealtninc Husz), Grace Gummer (as Paulinka Erdnuss), Jonathan Hadary (as Xillah), Nikki M. James (as Agnes Eggling), Crystal Lucas-Perry (as Zillah), Nadine Malouf (as Rosa Malek), Mark Margolis (as Gottfried Swetts), Estelle Parsons (as Die Älte), Michael Urie (as Gregor Bazwald), and Max Woertendyke (as Emil Traum)
Other info:
Projection Design by Lucy Mackinnon
A Bright Room Called Day Performance Dates & Times
Previews from: 
October 29, 2019
Opening date: 
November 25, 2019
December 22, 2019

Performance schedules for all shows are subject to change.

Public Theater

425 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10003
Nearest subway station:
Astor Place Station

Latest A Bright Room Called Day News & Features

Nikki M. James in A Bright Room Called Day
Public Theater announces final extension for A Bright Room Called Day
December 4, 2019

The Public Theater has announced a final 2-week extension for its current revival of Tony Kushner's A Bright Room Called Day, helmed by the Public's Artisic Director Oskar Eustis, which began performances at the Public's Anspacher Theater on October 29, officially opening on November 19 (read our 4* review) and will now close on December 22, 2019 (instead of December 8).

Our A Bright Room Called Day Review

A Bright Room Called Day, now at the Public Theater, first breathed life back in 1985. We know this because playwright Tony Kushner appears as a character in the story about 10 minutes in and tells us. Mind you, he is not identified as Kushner. He is not named anywhere except the program. He is Xillah (Jonathan Hadary), and presents himself as the author in a quandary. This is the play he... Read more